Total Surrender

Total Surrender

 

A week ago I was listening to Bishop T.D. Jakes quote a verse from 2 Timothy 1:12 and that caught my attention ever since. I am going to write about that today.

2 Timothy 1:12

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

May God bless you richly as you continue to read this blog.

 

Paul writes this passage from a Prison in Rome. He writes to Timothy, a young Pastor, whom he had trained and appointed at the church in Ephesus. Timothy was more than a fellow co-worker. Paul calls Timothy as a true son in the faith. It’s is clearly evident that Paul’s relationship with Timothy crossed the regular boundaries of a “minister and co-worker relationship.” There were many who worked along with Paul in advancing the gospel but Timothy out of all of them seemed to have caught Paul’s heart that Paul wrote two letters to him to impart the valuable lessons and to motivate and to encourage him in ministry.

At this point in time; Paul is in Prison. So Timothy, his son in the faith, might have been ashamed of his spiritual father, mentor and guide because of his imprisonment. Imprisonment was not something to be celebrated. That is why Paul writes, 2 Timothy 1:8 says, “Do not be ashamed of me(Paul).”

As a young servant of God, Timothy would have been going through emotionally turbulent times. He’s young; not sure of everything that needs to be done; Timothy might have needed Paul the most at this time but Paul is imprisoned; He had very few people to stand with him in ministry; He was concerned about his life and future probably worrying if he would also be imprisoned one day like Paul.

I could sometimes relate with what Timothy is going through; being a young person in the ministry can be heavy lifting task. A task bigger than life; it can be overwhelming and daunting; fear of future could overtake at times.

But Paul as he pens this beautiful teaching to Timothy. Paul knowing what Timothy was going through; Paul does not address the problem directly but turns his focus towards what’s more important. Paul turns timothy’s attention towards life and on the God who leads it.

Paul writes, “For this reason, I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day”

Paul begins by saying that he is not ashamed because of one reason. The reason is that he knows whom he has believed and knows for sure that He is able to keep what Paul has committed to him until that day.

When Paul received the calling, he wasn’t a jobless rogue going around the streets causing strife but he was an important and highly respected person in the society. But when God called him, he left the life that he considered worthy of honor and respect to follow God.

When God calls, he begins with an act of surrender. We surrender our plans, desires and will to follow God’s plans, desires, and will. In other words, we are exchanging our life with his life. That is why Paul writes, “I no longer live but Christ lives in me, the life I now live I live by faith in the son of God.”

And so when you think about life after coming to ministry. It is often easy to say, “Oh, I need a build a good life.” I need to make sure I have all that need.” I need to make sure I am financially stable and well to do. I need to make sure I hold an honorable position, status and respect in the society. Eventually, we become so full ourselves in ministry that we still control some part our lives. But Paul lived a life of total surrender. He knew that his life was not his own but that he had given it to the Lord when he found him. So his life was not precious to him nor the pleasures but knowing God and accomplishing his will mattered to him the most. That is why he says,

Philippians 3:7. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

So when he writes this to Timothy, He writes a very affirmative and a bold statement that his life did not matter to him because he knew who he had given it to. And he knew that God is able to guard what he had committed till that day.

When we look at ourselves. Sometimes there are so many things we could look back and say I wish I had that, I wish that happened in life. We often desire things that we had left for the Lord. Sometimes there is so much of struggle in our flesh that makes us think the past was better than the current times. The past days were simpler than the ones now.

We are stuck in such thinking because we are still holding on to our own lives than surrendering it to God completely. We have not given every part of our life to him. We might have given to God but we are still looking at the past and saying that those days were somewhat good.

We have to arrive at such a commitment to God’s will and plan. Paul did not consider his life precious but knew that he trusts a God who is able to keep his life until that day when he sees him face to face.

I could go on writing more and more about his verse. There’s more to say and learn from this passage but I want to end it saying that our Life isn’t worth living until it is fully surrendered into the hands of God. Because he only can make us arrive at our Goal. Our abilities, our talents, and gifts will never lead us to our goal but only entrusting our lives in God’s hands will bring us that far.

Paul arrived at the end of his life and said, “I have finished my race.”  He was so confident that he had completed what God had wanted him to do.

Let us also arrive at such a point in our life where we can say boldly that I have finished my race because I entrusted my life in the hands of God.

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Know where to Hide

Know where to Hide

“Knowing where to Hide” is the key factor to living a christ-centered life.

Job, a man found in the scriptures, whose piety and devotion towards God was far greater than any of the people living during his time. He would have lived around the time of the patriarchs; either Abraham, Jacob, Joseph or Moses. And God saw something so unique about Job and his devotion towards him that God called him an upright man.

Woah! That’s a valid certification of man’s character.

God certified Job saying;

Job is

  • Blameless
  • Upright
  • Fears God
  • Turns away from Evil

I wish we all could get such a certification from God.

Now, we know what happened to Job later; He lost his property, servants, and children and had painful sores from the crown of his head to the sole of his feet.

This pain that job faced came in two phases: first, property, servants, and children were killed and destroyed; second, he was inflicted with painful sores.

After the first phase of troubles: Job tore his robe, shaved his head, fell to the ground and worshiped. And said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return” The Lord gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (Job 1:20-21)

If you read those verses over and over again. You will notice something remarkable about those statements.

A man who lost property, his livestock which was an important wealth of measure in those time, servants were killed and children, his own progeny dead, says those words.

This situation isn’t a hypothetical one. It’s not a tale or a myth. It’s real. The pain, the suffering is all real.

But why did he say those words?

If I were in Job’s position, I would have loaded my donkey went the spot where the livestock was stolen; ordered my men to chase those people down and get all that I lost. And visit the spot where the children died, mourn for them, bring them back and bury them. I would have done all of this. This would have been my immediate action. But Job didn’t seem to do any of that. The moment he heard what happened, he stays where he his and praises the name of the LORD.

Job did something that proved he is upright, blameless, fears God and turns away from evil.

When Job faced pain this is what he did.

As I read those passages I realized, Job knew where to hide when troubles came. And because he knew where to hide himself, he praised the name of the LORD in spite of reacting to this painful moment.

Here’s where the truth is,

Job 1:20;
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.

The key word in that verse is: worshiped

Job’s reaction to this painful moment was worship. Job worshiped God in that painful moment. Job had lost property, servants, and children but he worshiped. Worship was Job’s hiding place. Job knew where to hide. He hid in worship, he hid himself in the presence of the LORD. As he hid in worship he knew that this was the Lord’s doing and said, “The Lord gave and Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Let’s be honest. If you and I face such situation what will our response be; will we blame God and people around us for all things that went wrong?

How do we react when anxiety strikes? How do we react when we face pressure to perform? How do we react when problems come? How do we react when we face challenges?

How do we combat them?

In our Christian life, we face many battles. Many spiritual warfares. Sometimes it’s too overwhelming to stand strong. It’s easy to fall. It’s easy to loose our temper. It’s easy to shout at someone when things don’t go the way we expect. In a small moment, we speak words that show anger and hurt others. We speak words that shouldn’t be spoken. We dishonor parents, family, and friends. We dishonor relationships.

There’s something important to understand: The anxiety we face in life is an arrow from the enemy. Unwanted pressure or untimely pressure is an arrow from the enemy. People gossiping and talking bad about us are arrows that are induced by the enemy. Problems and challenges are arrows from the enemy. And when such situations come we have to hide in worship instead of reacting to all that has gone wrong.

But often times in our stand against the arrows of the enemy; we begin to shoot back arrows and we fail.

When people talk bad about us…we will find who they are and give an answer for all they spoke. When somebody causes trouble we make sure they get twice of what they did to us.

But that’s not what we are supposed to do. Rather we should hide in worship when people gossip. We should hide in worship when anxiety strikes. We should hide in worship when challenges come. We should hide in worship when pressure builds up. We have to develop the habit of hiding in worship and in the presence of the LORD when anything goes wrong.

Remember those are arrows. When they fly towards you instead of dodging; hide in worship. Hide in the presence of the LORD.

What does hiding in worship mean?

Hiding in worship means to set your mind in worshipping and praising God for all that he has done in the past and now continue to seek his protection and strength as you face this challenge. When you do that, God will give you the strength to overcome and also protect you from any harm.

The Psalmist realized this and writes.

Psalm 91:1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psaln 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Job knew where to hide when arrows flew towards him. David knew where to hide when arrows flew towards him. Even today when arrows fly towards you, learn to hide in the presence of the LORD.

When you learn to hide you will live a christ-centered life.

When God calls

When God calls

An intriguing question: How do you respond when God calls?

God calls people to serve him full-time or part-time in the ministry.

Note: This article is written for those who have received a call to ministry and are in the process of giving an answer to the call of God. Also to anyone who is considering to be in the ministry.

“God does not choose people because of their ability, but because of their availability.”
― Brother Andrew (Source)

That is a true statement. If you have ever attended a bible college you would have heard that statement several times, almost every month by the time you graduate. It’s a powerful statement.

Over the years, I have seen several students graduate from the bible college. Unfortunately, most don’t enter into ministry. I am not pointing my finger at them as I write this. But that’s a fact. And I have pondered over that for years. Why don’t people go into ministry after studies if that is what they have trained and prepared themselves for all those years?

In my batch of 36 students, only a few – about 10 of them are in ministry. Some are still studying, some have chosen to be in different organizations.

Well, maybe that’s what they wanted to do.

Jesus said, the Harvest is plenty but the laborers are few. Matthew 9:37.

What does that mean? Jesus is saying, there are people who are longing to know the truth, they are ripe to know God but there is lack of Christian workers who have not yet gone into the field to harvest them.

Oswald Chambers said like this (Source)

“God did not direct His call to Isaiah— Isaiah overheard God saying, “. . . who will go for Us?” The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.”
― Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

It’s very interesting to understand that Isaiah overhead God’s call for his life. Our response depends on how well our ears are tuned to listen to his call for ministry.

God’s call to ministry is challenging. It’s not a walk to fame, not a walk where people will celebrate you and welcome you. Rather you will find that you will be questioned more and sometimes even discouraged to go into ministry. Instead, if you were to say, I am going to the USA to work; You will be supported, encouraged and even financed by people. You will be sent into the ends of the earth to work and make a living but not so easily for ministry.

Isaiah heard the call of God and answered and did a terrific ministry. He was a prophet. He was one of a kind; spoke the word of God without any adulteration; just the way he received it. Elijah heard the call of God and brought fire down to demonstrate God’s power. Elisha heard the call of God through Elijah and raised the dead to life. And even after his death when a dead man was thrown on his tomb the moment the body touched Elisha’s bones the dead man came to life and stood up (2 Kings 13:21). Moses obeyed the call of God and lead israelities out of EgyptThe disciples of Jesus heard the call and followed him. Paul received the call and did a great ministry among the non-Jewish people. Thomas the disciple of Jesus came to India after he received and call and died in South India as a martyr; the seed of the gospel was sown.

Men and women called by God throughout history have served him. Some were highly educated, rich and influential and some poor and had no education. God used everybody and called them based on how available and prepared they were to hear and obey his call.

The greatest fear today that grips the heart of young people as they think about ministry is this, what will happen to my life. What about my future?; Should I be separated from my parents? How will I meet my needs? How will I feed my family? What about finance?

These are common and practical questions. But often times such questions can be asked with unbelief and doubt in mind. And slowly because of such questions and worries, many fall away from doing the ministry.

One thing we need to get into our minds is this, “When God calls he provides.” He knows what we need even before we ask him. He knows what we need even before we know that we need.

So when God calls, we are to answer, Yes Lord, I will go. Honestly, it’s not an easy one to say. But when you say, this is what it means, “I am now placing my life, my hopes, and my family into your hands. Take me where you want. I will follow you and serve you for the rest of my life.”

I believe we would be surprised if we were to see what God can do with our life if we give it to him fully.

Psalms 34:10 says,  The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

The ones who are strong will lack and suffer hunger but those who look to the Lord will lack no good thing. When you depend on him he will feed you, protect you and take you to places you’ve never imagined and have never been before.

Also, times of testing will come. Times will come when you find yourselves in a tough situation, there will be plenty of need but you may not see any providence. Sometimes we won’t have what we desire. God shapes us throughout those times. He builds our faith and takes us to the next chapter of our journey.

I have met many pastors who left their good paying jobs in private and government firms to serve the Lord. The beginning was tough but now God has blessed them abundantly. My family is a testimony to that. There were tough times as my parents left their jobs and began ministry. Today, we don’t lack anything. We have good food, good house, good clothing and all that we need.

That is how God blesses when we serve him. He is a faithful master who never delays the wages for his workers. He is a father who provides his children without fail. He shepherd who guides his sheep on the right path. He is the protector who protects those who serve him.

Those who serve him never lack anything. They are healthy, safe and sound.!

If you have received God’s call for yourself. Do not hesitate. Say, Yes!

God did not direct his call to Isaiah but he heard and responded because his ears were tuned enough to hear God’s voice.

How are your ears today? Do you hear the voice of God every day? If you hear then be expectantly waiting to hear his call. If you do not hear his voice surrender yourself in his presence and get into the habit of hearing his voice everyday.

I met a dear pastor whom I had met few months before I left my job. At this time when I met, I told him, I am now in full-time ministry. He said these words of encouragement, “Brother, you are now part of a very different class of Soldiers that stand for God.” Those words sank deep into my heart knowing that I am privileged to be in the ministry and to serve him with all my strength.

When God calls, respond. It’s glorious to serve him.

Read about my life here: Grateful for what I am today.

If you have any interesting stories to share or have questions about your call. You can leave them as comments below.

 

 

 

 

Walking in your destiny

Walking in your destiny

John Piper recently posted a tweet that said, “God’s will for our life is that his will should become our will.”

I agree to that.

It’s easier said than done.

It seems easier to walk in your own will and desire than walk in the destiny that God has prepared for you.

Because we tend to walk by what we see.

But God desires the opposite for our life. He wants us to walk by faith and not by sight.

In other words, if there is anything in our life that we held on as a treasured possession, that we put our hard work, our hopes, and everything to it – because we see it. Be sure, one day, God will remove that out of your life.

I worked at The Bangalore Conservatory. I served in different positions. I loved my job. I loved the organization. I treated it as a baby. This organization was so precious to me that I spent countless hours planning, working towards achieving the goals. I spent my time, energy, sacrificed my family time to spend at BC. I gave it all. There are times when I’ve worked for 16 hours straight. I thought I’d spend most of my life here. But one day, things started to change. I heard God’s call to enter into full-time ministry. It was a tough decision. I prayed and finally said, Yes. The very thing that I regarded as precious; God took away. Why ?

Why ?

Because I put my hard work and hopes on what I saw. But God took me into a place to make me live according to what I believe and not in what I see. He wanted me to believe in him for my providence. He wanted me to believe in what he made me be. He wanted me to believe in what he spoke into my life several years ago. He wanted me to believe in what he has called me to do.

More than anything, He wanted me to believe in what he can do in my life more than what I can do by myself.

Fast forward, several months later. I have moved to Mangalore. I have met wonderful people; people who became like family to me. Started a church and became part of bible study group where I teach regularly.

So, How is life compared to the time when I worked at Bangalore Conservatory and now when I am in full-time ministry?

When I was working, I put my hopes and hard work in what I could see. I saw an institution that has the potential to become the best music degree institution in the country. I saw students, staff, and everything else. And I saw my providence in that. I put my hopes in what I saw.

And now when I am in ministry. God is teaching me to put my hopes and hard work in what I believe. I believe there is a call, there is a mission and I believe that one day a mega-church will rise up in this city that will lift the name of Jesus high.!

But now, what do I see? I see few people, a small group, challenging times, times when I walk around with coins in my wallet, and sometimes nothing.!

But God has been faithful to me. He has helped me live here for 6 months and continues to provide everything I need. Often times, the question I ask or ponder is why I don’t see anything materialize in the way I expect it to happen. Although I see a structure, I don’t see anything materialize.

But, I know, God is doing something in me. He is teaching me to walk by faith and not by sight. He wants to me to put my hopes and work in what I believe and not in what I see.

He wants me to put my belief in what he can do than what I could achieve by myself.

If I live according to what I see then I don’t need God’s help. But only when I live according to what I believe then I need God in everything. Without him, I can’t live. Without him, I can’t breathe. Without him, I can’t survive.

I believe one day a generation of young people will rise up for the name of Jesus. This city, Mangalore, is going to be on fire for God.

All this will come to fulfillment only if I continue to live according to what I believe.

I tell you, this is life. Though it’s challenging it is a fruitful life. It is satisfying. You will experience the amazing presence of God in an inexpressible way; I experience it every day. This is life. God provides in ways I can never imagine. He is faithful.

This is my destiny.

If God has called you walk into the destiny he has designed for you. Do not hesitate. Pray and prepare yourself. And say Yes Lord, and begin to walk. You will see him do mighty work in your life.

Always remember to set your eyes on what God can do through your life than what you could do by yourself.

The Past that hurts

The Past that hurts

We all have a past. If we look back, it hurts.

Though there are good memories, if we look back there are memories that can hurt us.

If you step outside and ask people in their mid 30’s to share a memory from their past; they will answer with extra caution because they wouldn’t want to let out the dark part of their past to any stranger. But if you were to ask a kid what he did in the past year, he would have a ton of happy stories to tell you.

So, why are we that way? Why do we, in our 20’s and 30’s, clearly remember the past hurtful memories more than the good and happy ones?

Why do we remember the times when our hearts were broken, more than the times when we found peace, joy, and happiness in Christ?

Why do we remember the times we were embarrassed in front of a people than the times we were praised and appreciated in front of people?

Why ?

Maybe such memories burn deep into our heart that often times we leave them there with a desire to keep them as the monument of our past. Some like to keep their memories that way. Some like to erase it. Some like to keep but at the same time erase it (Torn apart between two things). But one thing to remember is that the more we cause the past to linger the more it will become the weight that pulls us down.

No matter how we move forward in life, we find ourselves coming back to the same memories, life and habits. We really haven’t moved forward rather we have only moved forward carrying with us the shackles of the past and chains of guilt and hurt still tied on to us.

I love this scripture, Psalmist says,

Psalms 130:3. If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 

The Psalmist had a deeper revelation, he knew that God never kept a record of his past when he prayed to God and said, “I am sorry.”

he goes on to say,

Psalms 130:4. But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 

God knows our past and knows all that we have done but still offers forgiveness. So that we can be called his children.

So now, because God has forgiven our sins and hasn’t kept a record of our past. We as his children do not have any obligations, rights or responsibilities to keep the past alive in us.

We are now, called to serve him with all our heart, soul, and mind: throwing away the past that hurt us, throwing away the past that kept us back all these days, throwing away the past that told us we are incapable of achieving anything in life. We are now, called to serve him with peace, joy, and tranquility.

If God doesn’t keep a record of our sins then we shouldn’t.

God is able to make all things new in our life.

Heb 8:12 says, For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Forgetting past hurtful memories is a miracle. Only God can help us get out of it. Ask him and he will heal you of every past hurtful memory.

And now that you have been forgiven, restored and set free; set yourself on the course to run.

Heb. 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Let’s us throw away every hurtful memory by asking God to heal and help us get over it. And set ourselves on the course to run by fixing our eyes on Jesus, the one who started the faith and the one who can perfect the faith.

In my former days, I was a pornography addict but now I have developed a hate and displeasure towards it. It’s been five years since I gazed my eyes on any of those websites. That is something only God can do. God has changed my life so much that the past doesn’t hurt. Rather when I look back at it, I rejoice because I’ve been forgiven and set free.

If God can do that for me. He can do it for you.

Allow God to take control of your life. He will make it GLORIOUS.

I was inspired to write this blog after I read a blog(and the comments) titled, “Reclaiming Childhood” by Beauty Beyond Bones. Read that article here

New Year Resolution: Less of me and more of Jesus

New Year Resolution: Less of me and more of Jesus

It’s that time of the year when we begin to reflect on all things we did this year and make plans and new resolutions for the coming year. Honestly, most new year resolutions are thrown out the window by the end of the first month. However, sometimes we are able to keep a few and accomplish them.

If I have to reflect on all that events that happened this year. There’s a lot to be thankful and grateful to God for. I began this year with a preparation to move to a new place, moved in a few months, met awesome people who became like family to me, and started a Church. It’s amazing to me when I think of what God can do if we were to let him work more and more in our life every day.

As I sat this evening working and sketching out a design, this popped into my mind.

“If only our lives were less of us and more of God then we won’t have to argue, fight or be negative towards anyone.”

As those words came into my mind. I decided that I am going to make those words my resolution for the new year.

Probably, we don’t fight, argue or do any sort of negative thing but somewhere in us the “I” still lies awake. And I believe, this is progressive, it takes time, patience and effort to strip everything that makes us boast in us or in who we are.

So, I want to encourage you. As you begin this new year let your life become more of Jesus and less of yourself.

Also, thank you to everyone who subscribed to my blog. I hope to keep writing many more in the coming days.

Thank you.

God bless us all.

 

He came to give us Peace

He came to give us Peace

Christmas is a time of fellowship, joy, giving and even taking gifts or for some demanding gifts. 😀

It is often easy to give materialistic things but not so easy to give peace. Why is that? Because we ourselves don’t have peace in life. As a result, we struggle with sadness, depression, and addictions.

Two thousand years ago. The world at that time,  specifically world of the Jewish people were going through the dark ages. This was called as the “Intertestamental Period” or “Silent Years”. It lasted for 400 Years.

During those times there was no prophetic word from God. Everything seemed to be dark and dull. It was at this time Jesus was born into the world bringing joy and gladness and putting an end to the silent period. He was born in a manger as a king. He split time. The years before him were called as BC, i.e. “Before Christ” and the ones after him as AD, a latin word called as “Anno Domini” means “After Christ.”

When he was born the Angels brought news to the shepherds, “They said, We bring you good news of Great Joy that will be for all people.” So when Jesus was born, there was a joy for the whole world, and there was peace for all mankind.

Later when Jesus began his ministry, He said these words, and it is recorded in John 10:10, “I have come so that you may have life and life in abundance.”

Quite often, I get to meet young people and counsel them. I was talking to a young boy a few days ago. He is in the early twenties. He called me to ask for prayers, He was saying, that he tried to kill himself but somehow survived. He made a few decisions that changed the course of his life, and it took away the peace from him. And for the past few weeks, he has been battling with suicidal thoughts.

The World Health Organisation, released a statistics many years ago saying, that around the world, one person dies every six seconds.

I’m not sure if you are following the news in our country(India). There are people, who are asking our Government to make suicide legal. As of now, Suicide is illegal in our country but there are people who are asking to make it legal, saying that they have the rights to take their own life.

It is estimated that more will die in the next 10 years out of depression than anyone has ever died of cancer in the last 10 years.

You may be reading this and thinking, come on man, this is the season of Christmas, why are you writing about suicide and depression.

The truth is this, we make the mistakes of seeing Christmas only as a time of Celebration..i.e. sing a few songs, party a bit, enjoy the festival season, hang out with friends late night, do what you want and enjoy life to the fullest.
And quite often, we miss the message of Christmas.

The Message of Christmas is this, that Jesus came down into this world to give peace, hope, and Joy to all mankind.

John 3:16, For God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but will have everlasting life.

Often times, we miss this message. That is why we end up in a bad state of life.

There are people who borrow money just to enjoy the Christmas in a glamorous way; at the end of the festival season, the lenders will come knocking at their door to get their money back. But, by then, they are totally out of all our resources. Some try to indulge themselves in drinking and partying so that they can forget all their worries and sadness.

I tell you this, worries and sadness are like your money lenders, they will come looking for you everyday…if they don’t find you or if they are not able to attack you that day…they will come back another day to attack and eventually Kill you.

Now the Question is this, How can I get this peace?

If we read the scriptures we see time and time again, God promises peace. In the Old Testament, Jesus has been given a name that is “Immanuel” which means “God with us”.

Many of us feel lonely at times. We feel like we need people to happy. We want someone to be around us always so that we can feel like, Yes I have someone. And when we don’t have anyone around us, we begin to feel lonely and depressed. We feel like we need someone to keep us happy.

Some of us try to live lives so that they can be accepted by others or accepted by their group of friends. So they do all it takes to fit into the lifestyle that others prefer. Even if it’s good or bad they are ready to embrace it because they want to be around people and not alone.

Lecrae, a gospel artist said like, “If you live for people’s acceptance, you will die of their rejection.”

Truth is, A person who has never learned to be happy alone can never be happy when he is in a group.

People suffer from sadness.

A Man when to Psychiatrist, to get himself treated for depression. He was depressed. The doctor looked at him said, instead of taking medicines, I suggest you go to this circus and watch this clown.. probably he will make you happy. When this man heard those words from the doctor. He put his head down. The Doctor asked what happened. He said I am the clown from the circus that you spoke about.
A Man who made everyone laugh with his tricks was never happy himself.

So the Bible clearly says, Jesus is Immanuel, that is, he is “God with us” and goes on to say,
In Isaiah 9:6, He will be called wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, Prince of Peace.
I want you to keep this word in your mind, “Prince of Peace”.
You see, the Immanuel, “God with us,” came down to be with us, and “because he came, we have peace”

We try to look for peace and happiness in relationships, in people, in movies, in songs, in our work and in everything we do. But we have failed to look unto Jesus for our peace.

He was called the “Prince of Peace” and an “Everlasting father”. There is no God like him. He gives peace to people who seek him and is a father to the fatherless and the orphans.

When Jesus said I have come so that you may have life and life in Abundance. That means. When you believe in Him. You won’t get to live life on a day-to-day basis or fight for survival but live life to the fullest and even continue to live in eternity with him.

Your life will be happy, joyful and peaceful. And also you will be able to give that peace to others.

In our celebrations of Christmas, we have failed to identify that one true God who came down to this earth to Give us peace.

I want to end this blog with few more real life examples of How God can give us peace.

I live today as a testimony of what God can do in our life. I was born into a Christian family. My parents have been in the ministry even before I was born. So, I was basically brought up in a church. I thought because I was born into a Christian family, I am saved. But truth be told, I wasn’t saved. I was highly guarded and protected as a kid. Didn’t know what the world was like. My family moved from one city another, that is when I found something that caught my attention on the internet. It was the dark side of the internet. Before I completely realized, I was addicted to pornography. I was heavily depressed. I was a short-tempered. I tried to run out of the home. I tried to cut myself with a knife. You see, one habit led me to another and to greater depths of depression and darkness.

The reality hit me when I went to college. I was in the third of Theology studies. I realized one day that I wasn’t saved. In other words, Jesus wasn’t the God of my life. I lived life the way I want and went to him when I needed him. I used him as a crutch.

I gave myself to God and he slowly began to work in my life and set me free from addictions to pornography and made me a happy person.

One day, I struggled with suicide. I heard this voice in my mind that said, “You are worthless. There is no reason to live. God has rejected you and now go kill yourself. This voice that was talking to me, gave me instructions as to how to kill myself.” I remember that night clearly. But God saved me. If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t be alive today.

I write this as a testimony, It’s been almost 5 years since I visited any of those sites on the internet. God has kept me safe and has made me happy. Now if you ask me, what depression feels like, I honestly don’t know. God has put his peace in my heart that works beyond all understanding. He has kept me joyful in him and because of that, I am able to share this joy with others.

And if God can do that in my life. He can do that in your life also.

You may be suffering from depression, sadness, broken relationship, suicidal thoughts, and might be worried about your future. I want you to know something, only God; only Jesus can give you peace, happiness, can remove all your worries and can give you a hope for the future.

Augustine of Hippo, who lived around 400 AD wrote these beautiful words,

He writes this in a book called “Confessions of Augustine”. And I’m paraphrasing it, He writes, “You have created us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they can find it’s rest in you”

Some of you may be trying to find God, you have been to several places and tried to find peace but haven’t found any peace and meaning for your life. I would say to you, Jesus is the only one that can give you peace. He is the Prince of Peace. He gives what he promises and never fails in his word. Come to Jesus and He will transform your life.

Some of you have given up all hopes on God, and have turned into an atheist thinking that this is a comfortable way. Because I can live life the way I want and do the things that I want to do. No one will or should question me or ask me anything. The Bible says, in Ecclesiastes 11:9, Rejoice O, young man, let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes.

But, “Here’s the important thing”, know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment. Although you may not believe in God. Time will come when you stand before God in Judgement. He will call all things to account.

And the scripture also says, “Remember your creator in the days of your Youth”
I tell you this, one day, you will run out of all the reserves of happiness you have. People who are with you will leave and then you will realize that you need God in your life. I Hope that stage does not come when you are too old and have when you have lost all the vigor in your body. Turn back to God before it’s too late.

Some of you faithfully follow God. You trust in him but still struggle with depression and short-tempered behavior. This is what I say to you, Hold on to Jesus.

Many times in our Christian life, we begin to expect too much of blessings, promises, and prophecies to be fulfilled. But often times we miss the point. We hold on to the blessings, promises, and prophecies and leave Jesus. You have to understand that Jesus is the greatest blessing in your life, He is the promised one, and the prophesied one. You hold on to him and you will have everything.

I want to leave you with one last thing, As you celebrate Christmas, remember this, Jesus is the God who came to give what we needed the most. Often times we have a big list for Christmas. We have a lot of wants. But keep all that aside and ask Jesus for what you need the most. Ask God to fill you with peace. Because when you have peace you have him. When you have him in your life, you have everything.

God bless you. Have a wonderful Christmas Season.